Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dancing in Circles - Book 1 - Circles Trilogy

One born into privilege and a charmed life surrounded by love and family. The other born to a life of violence on the streets as the solemn gang leader of the notorious Shoresmen. A young, idealistic co-ed, Julie, meets a jaded, cold gang member, Robert, and cracks his icy shell, allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul.

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Excerpt -
Robert stood near the beer line and watched as a brunette in a tight short skirt and low cut top strutted across the room and stood before him.
She dropped her gaze to his feet and moved it up to his hips then linked gazes with him. "Hello, tall, dark and totally fuckable." She dragged her tongue across her top lip.
Robert's chuckle started with a shake of his shoulders then moved to the crooked grin on his face before it erupted from his mouth.
She stepped in closer, slid her hand down his stomach and rested it on the inside of his thigh.
Robert didn't release his gaze from hers. "What? Ya want me to just rip your clothes off and do ya here?"
Her pupils dilated.
Robert flicked her hand off his leg then glanced left and right to see who had slipped their arms around his.
"Tonya." Tricia waited until the girl looked at her. "This gorgeous hunk of maleness is more man than you could ever handle."
Jennifer flicked her hand. "Go away now. He's all ours."
Tonya turned on her heel and stormed off.
"Thank you. But I coulda handled that myself."
"We're just protecting Julie's property." Tricia winked and wandered over to speak with a friend.
Jennifer released his arm. "Tonya's the school slut."
"Figured that out all by myself."
Julie stopped in front of them. "Did you get lost coming back from getting the beer?" She glanced at his empty hands. "Or did you get lost going to find the beer?"
Christopher barged between them and bumped Robert's shoulder. "Guess Jennifer's starting to hang with trash."
Robert lunged forward, grabbed Christopher's shoulder and spun him around. Before Christopher could react, Robert slammed his palms on Christopher's chest shoving him back a couple of steps. "I am so not going take any of this shit tonight. Ya wanna take this outside and end it now?" His shoulders heaved with the depth of breaths he inhaled.
Refusing to make eye contact with Robert, Christopher glanced around. "I didn't mean nothing."
With one step, Robert invaded Christopher's personal space. "Yea, you did." He locked his gaze onto Christopher's and didn't blink.
Jennifer started to step forward, but Julie touched her arm. "No, leave him alone. Let him deal. He won't do anything stupid."
Several heartbeats later, a friend of Christopher's grabbed his arm, pulling him away.
Robert slightly turned his head and watched as they camouflaged Christopher into the crowd. He rolled his shoulders and twisted his head around then turned. All signs of anger had disappeared. He stepped closer to Jennifer. "Sorry. He shouldn't have insulted ya. If ya want me to go, I'm outta here."
She handed him an unopened beer, rose up on her toes and placed a tiny kiss on his cheek. "You did good. He's an ass." Smiling at the surprised look on Robert's face, she walked over to a group of girls to mingle with her friends.
Still holding the beer, Robert walked nearer to Julie and pulled her close. "Thanks. I heard what you said. Thanks for trustin' me." He pressed his lips against the velvet skin of her neck and inhaled the aroma of her perfume. He wanted to trail kisses up her long neck and lose himself in the touch of her soft pink lips, instead, he stood before her gazing into her eyes.
Julie's voice went mute at the touch of his lips. The heat of his flesh on hers made her mind swirl. Through the noise of the crowd and the fire that raged in both of them, the sound of music broke through.
"Wanna dance?" He breathed across her ear.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Gardening Tip on Authors in Bloom BlogHop

Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

What could be more wonderful than 78 authors with gardening tips or recipes plus giveaways. AND- it's all related to that season we are craving at the moment – SPRING!
My gardening tip is one that I've had a hard time coming to grips with – your garden is your private sanctuary, so don't let the critics in. Even if the critics are the voices in your head.
People sit on my deck and look out at my gardens and sigh and tell me how beautiful everything is. Yet, all I see are the weeds or the patch where something isn't thriving or the slug holes in my hosta leaves!
I drive by other gardens and turn green with envy at the floral displays, but I bet if I stopped and looked closer – there are weeds and slug trails.
So my advice, silence the critic. Let the joy of working in the outdoors and the magnificence of your flowers soothe your frostbitten soul.
Spring and summer aren't long enough to waste time worrying about the little things. In otherwords, sit back and take time to smell the roses.

Circles Interlocked - Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn't end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Excerpt –
The cool evening breeze had died to a quiet calm. Julie lay awake, eyes closed, listening to the early morning silence. Not even the sound of a car, plane or a lawn mower violated her ears. The clicks and grunts of the evening creatures were slowly being replaced by the whistles and chirps of the morning gossip line. Mother Nature was getting ready for a new day.
Julie rested. Her mood was serene. The tranquility of the room's atmosphere and the protectiveness of his arm curled around her, had given Julie the most refreshing sleep in a long time. Even the barely audible buzz of a mosquito didn't irritate her.
Eyes still closed, Julie imagined the rose and blue coloured bedcovers and the soft silver-grey carpet. Their colours muted in the evening shadows would now glow in the sun's brilliant light. She thought about the rose beds that mimicked the walkway to the front entrance. Last night the fading smells of the roses were heady. Today, the flowers would be a joy to see.
She'd lived too long inside theatres and big cities. She needed peace and some reality back in her life. The joyous whinny of a horse, probably let into a pasture, brought a smile to her soul. Such freedom. Such intense childlike joy. Such privilege at being able to play all day.

To win a free ecopy of Circles Interlocked, leave your email address and answer the incredibly difficult skill testing question- What is your favourite flower? Here are some photos to remind us of spring.

For a chance at the grand prize- you must comment on EVERY blog in the hop - so leave a comment even if you don't want to win a copy of Circles Interlocked.